Caina Putut

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Caina Putut

This is my interpretation of “Caina Putut” which means in the Kalkadoon language “Long ago, possibly dreamtime”.

In the beginning of our country Australia the first aboriginals walked this land over 40,000 years ago, some scientists put the date at over 120,000 years ago. The land was very different to what it is today and when the last ice age melted over 20,000 years ago there was a rise in the oceans which formed the coastline of present day Australia.

Long, long ago possibly the dreamtime the first cave was used as shelter, the first fire was lit, the first rock art was produced and the first stories of creation were told and then passed on from generation to generation.

The animals from long, long ago were also very different to the animals of today and can be recognised as the creatures from some dreamtime stories, can you see what my ancestors saw thousands of years ago.

Wonambi was a five to six metre long snake that constricted its prey and it was the name given by some aboriginal people meaning the serpent of the dreamtime or the rainbow serpent who was often held responsible for creating the major features of the landscape.

Simosthenurus was a large species of kangaroo that weighed 118kg and instead of having three toe’s like the kangaroo’s of today it only had one toe on each hind foot and only ate leaves. He would rear up on his hind legs and reach branches of leaves and pull them down to his mouth.

Thylacoleo carnifex was a marsupial lion with a pouch and was the largest meat eating mammal in Australia and weighed up to 160kg. The lion had long retractable claws, could stand on their hind legs and tail like a kangaroo and could climb tree’s. It had the stongest bite known of any mammal in Australia.

Sepia apama was the world’s largest cuttlefish species and could weigh over 11kg and was an expert at camouflage being able to change colour in an instant.

Meglamania was a giant goanna that was up to seven metres in length and weighed 320kg and was the largest terrestrial lizard known to have existed. It is also thought that meglamania possessed venom glands along their jawline.

Palorchestes azael was a herbivorous marsupial that had a pouch and was as large as a horse and weighed 200kg with a short trunk like nose. It had a tongue like a giraffe and sharp front claws for stripping bark and pulling down branches of leaves.

Tasmanian tiger was one of only two animals to have a pouch in both females and males. The tiger was depicted by aboriginals in both rock art and petroglyphs or rock carvings.

Meiolania was a large turtle 2.5 metres in length that feed on plants and had many horns on it’s head and armoured thorn like rings on it’s tail and was the largest land turtle to walk the earth.

Genyornis was a large flightless bird with tiny wings and massive hind legs that was over two metres tall and weighed over 240kg. They were herbivorous and their eggs were up to 1.6kg in weight  and aboriginal rock art depicting these birds has been dated at 40,000 years old.

Quinkana was a large crocodile with long agile legs that spent most of it’s time on land and was seven metres in length. The word Quinkana comes from aboriginal stories of legendary creatures the Quinkans who stole aboriginal children.

Diprotodon was a giant wombat and was the largest marsupial that ever lived  being the size of a hippopotamus that was two metres tall and weighing 2,700 kg. It’s closest living relatives are the koala and wombat and it is suggested that some aboriginal tribes resemble diprotodon to dreamtime stories of the bunyip.

Zaglossus hacketti was a long beaked echidna that was the size of a sheep weighing up to 30kg. It had long sharp claws for digging termite nests and aboriginal rock art depicting the giant echidna is dated at 40,000 years ago.

This was “Caina Putut”.

By Chern’ee Sutton

Age – 15 years.

Size – 152cm wide X 122cm high

Medium – Acrylic and textured acrylic on 100% linen canvas.

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